How to Choose a Pest Control Company
Dealing with insects and nuisance animals in your home can be such a chore, but finding the right pest control experts need not be. But as there are various kinds of pests, and the chemicals used to eliminate them are toxic, you have to select a reputable company.
When considering a particular service, check if they have insurance, especially if your problem is termites. Homeowners’ insurance usually doesn’t cover termite treatments or repairs, so find a pest control company that will install an effective baiting system or treat your exterior to prevent thwart infestations.
Warranties provided by pest control professionals typically don’t include a damage clause. When you sign a contract, ask if such a clause exists; if so, be sure you understand what it covers exactly. If you find their warranty program too pricey, it’s a must to have a once-a-year termite inspection of your premises.
License, Certification and Specialization
The pest control company you hire should, by all means, meet your state’s licensing requirements. Moreover, they should be specialists in the specific bug or nuisance animal that’s giving you a problem. Don’t assume though that certifications are all the same. Don’t hesitate to call the certifying body about their certification requirements. And of course, don’t be happy with a verbal confirmation. Tell them to show evidence that they are licensed, certified and insured.
Perhaps nothing can be more crucial in your search for a pest exterminator is knowing whether their treatments actually work for a reasonable period of time. And speaking to their previous clients is the best way of finding out. Ask them to give you some references, and take note that if they hesitate, that means they’re trying to hide something.
They may be the pest control experts, but you’re still the paying client, so they have to tell you what they plan to do. Will they be using baits? Traps? Chemicals? Exclusion technique? The idea is to have them present their plan in paper, so you can compare it with the plans of other companies you’re considering.
A pest control company will often separate its services as general pest control and termite control. Your contract should be in written form and match the service you need. Set time aside to review and understand each detail in the document.
Finally, when a company checks out on all these technical requirements, you only have your instincts to listen to. If something or someone from the company makes you feel uncomfortable in some way, forget it. It’s important to choose people who have your complete trust.